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UTA In The News — Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

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Race day for engineers

WFAA/ABC 8’s Good Morning Texas featured interviews with Bob Woods, UT Arlington professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and students Naima Rivas and J.P. Merkel on Friday about the Formula SAE car the students helped build and the 13th Annual Texas Autocross Rally held last weekend on the UT Arlington campus. The event featured teams from 10 universities and UT Arlington. WBAP/820AM 96.7FM and KLIF/570AM also previewed the competition.

KERA/90.1 FM featured a story on the design characteristics of this year’s Formula SAE car built by UT Arlington engineering students in advance of this weekend's Texas Autocross Rally. The car has computerized “wings” to improve aerodynamic performance. “The computer calculates the best aerodynamic distribution for the car, and it’ll change all the wings and change the angle of attacks and what not, to try and balance out the car,” UT Arlington student J.P. Merkel said.

Addressing a lightning rod issue

Jason Shelton, UT Arlington assistant professor of sociology, appeared on KXAS/NBC 5 on Saturday to discuss unusually candid remarks that President Obama made Friday regarding the Trayvon Martin case. Shelton said it is important for a president to weigh in on such an important, lightning rod issue.  “For a president of the United States to ignore something like this, I think could be perceived as irresponsible,” Shelton said.

Inspiring words

Margarita Trevino, clinical assistant professor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, was profiled on the website Trevino, who is also director of the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health at UT Arlington, credited her parents with inspiring her and advised other nurses to “know your purpose in life.”

Peaceful protest

KXXV/ABC 25 (Waco) featured a report on Thursday's peaceful protest of the George Zimmerman verdict led by student members of the NAACP chapter at UT Arlington. Local leaders and students from Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas also participated. 

Graphic novel in the works

Susan Clark, an adjunct professor of social work at UT Arlington, and James Disco,  tennis coach at Dallas ISD’s George Bannerman Dealey Montessori in North Dallas, are co-authoring a new graphic novel called Upstanders Quest: True Stories of Survivors of Slavery that tells the stories of four victims of slavery and connects accounts of slavery from centuries ago to today, The Dallas Morning News reported. The pair also teamed for a comic and graphic novel called Echoes of the Lost Boys of Sudan.